Thursday, July 28, 2011

guest post: jenni from Jenni Austria Germany

Hello, everyone!  I'm quite flattered to be filling in for Chelsea today.  Normally, I spend my time running around Europe (specifically the Austria/Germany area) and blogging about it, but I'm taking a quick break from all that to tell you a few things that make my heart happy.  Chelsea asking me to be here in and of itself makes my heart happy but I should probably list a few more things, you think?

1.  Oklahoma pride

 Whether it's wearing cowboy boots, eating cornbread or listening to Garth Brooks, I've found that staying true to my Oklahoma roots is of the utmost importance to my happiness while abroad.  Sometimes I'll even Skype my parents just to hear their Southern accents - that's an instant dose of happiness, right there!

2.  empty streets on Sundays

I don't know about the rest of Europe, but on Sundays in Germany and Austria, the world comes to an abrupt halt.  The cities completely shut down.  Good luck finding so much as a grocery store open on Sundays (even in a city as big as Vienna).  This, as you can imagine, can be extremely inconvenient...especially when you come from an American city equipped with 3 WalMarts and a Super Target to meet your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This can be unexpectedly quite nice, though, when you take a peaceful Sunday stroll down a normally too-crowded-for-comfort street.

3.  looking at photos from a certain special night

On July 16, 2010, I met a very funny Polish boy who ended up becoming a very funny Polish boyfriend.  I love looking at this candid photo, taken less than an hour after we met.

4. The Vienna Naschmarkt

Last summer, I lived in Vienna (talk about a happy heart...I loved that city!).  Every Saturday morning, my friends and I would stop by the Naschmarkt (a farmer's market of sorts), passing from booth to booth, sampling the fresh fruit, vegetables, hummus, cheese, falafel, etc.  Remind me why I ever left Vienna....?

5.  town squares that look like this

This is the town square in Wroclaw, Poland.  The colors alone make my heart happy, not to mention the shops and cafes and friendly people who frequent it.

6.  carrying a water bottle everywhere I go

Wanna know something that doesn't make my heart happy?  The fact that water is not free in Europe.  Water is my drink - it's all I order at restaurants.  But over here ("here" meaning this entire continent, pretty much), water is often more expensive than beer or wine on the restaurant menus!  Just today, I paid almost 3 euro for a cup of water only slightly larger than a Dixie cup.  For that reason, I try to carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go - even to places as fancy as the Vienna Opera house (seen in this photo) - and that makes me happy.

7.  the thought of owning my own Vespa

I took this picture in Pisa, Italy and I was oh-so-tempted to hop on that baby blue scooter and ride all the way to Austria with it.  I had already bought my train ticket home, though, so.....I didn't.  You know how that goes.

There's my list, hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for having me, Chelsea!

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Alex said...

Oh my gosh, the way Piotr is looking at you!! It was destiny.

Shalyn said...

I cannot believe water isnt free- isnt that a law? Crazy! What a beautiful girl living in a beautiful place!

Justina F. Lee said...

Austria and Germany...must be beautiful!

Tucker said...

obsessed with the picture of you and piotr right after you met. those eyes he's making at you - proof it was pretty much love at first sight.

and i love your oklahoma pride!!

loves said...

Jenni- Looooove the vintage-y, faded colors on your European market-squares photos! How did you get such blissful colors?


Jen said...

Do you ever have a problem in the restaurants when you take your water bottle in? I almost got mine taken away from me in Paris once! But I am with you on the whole "bring water because it's way too expensive over there" thing.